What does a Dermal Filler Procedure / Treatment involve?
Dr Teri Johnson will cleanse your skin and apply some effective prescription topical anaesthetic cream to reduce the pain caused by the injections before the procedure.
Dr Teri will then take photos and go over the treatment with you again to make sure the procedure is definitely what you want.
You will then be asked to read and sign a consent form detailing the treatment and the possible side effects.
If you are happy to proceed Dr Teri will cleanse the area to be treated once again once you are comfortable on the treatment couch.
Small amounts of Dermal Filler are then injected directly into the treatment area using an ultra fine needle or using a cannula.
The treatment should be relatively painless or mildly uncomfortable. Most of the fillers contain lidocaine so the area treated will become more numb as the treatment progresses. This numbness can last up to an hour after the treatment.
Once the treatment is completed photos are often taken to evaluate your response to the treatment.
How long does a Dermal Filler Procedure last?
The actual treatment will take between 10 to 60 minutes, however an extra 30 minutes is required to allow the numbing cream to take effect and for you to discuss the treatment and complete the consent process.
Whats is the recovery time?
No recovery time is usually required after a Dermal Filler treatment. This means you can return to day to day activities straight away.
You may experience slight swelling or bruising to the area being injected which usually doesn’t last longer than 48 hours. Certain areas such as the perioral (mouth / lip) area are more prone to bruising and swelling. Dr Teri will be able to advice you what to expect. She can also show you photos of what reactions can occur at your consultation.
You must not wear make up for 24 hours after treatment to avoid the risk of infection.